UDS lid question

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by cigarbque, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower

    Socred three great closed lid drums today plus three good open flat lids. Is there a way to remove the closed lid and then use the flat style on them? I don't have any Weber style lids and was hoping to ust the flat ones. Thanks.
  2. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You can use a drum deheader.


    They are a little pricey but if you could find someone in your area who has one maybe they would cut the head off the drum for you. Don't really know what kind of business would have one -- maybe welding or fab shop.

    Depending on what was in the drum - and this is very important - you could have someone cut it off for you with a cuttoff wheel of some sort. If it held something flammable the drum deheader is probably the way to go. You don't want to use anything that will cause a spark if the drum held anything flammable. I seem to recall a news article recently where some dumb a$$ was cutting the top off an old kerosone drum IN HIS APARTMENT no less to make a barbecue and it blew up and started the apartment on fire.

  3. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower

    Thanks Dave,

    I will probably cut the lid off with a jig saw and a metal blade. I was looking to see if the open head lids will fit on this kind of drum or will I need to get a Weber style lid for it.
  4. txbbqman

    txbbqman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Just and FYI because I have seen it happen.....even an antifreeze drum can explode when cut open with a torch or cutting wheel.

    Not sure why it happens since antifreeze isn't flammable but it has happened.

    a drum deheader is your best option.

    Please be safe
  5. teacup13

    teacup13 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    grind off the top weld of the drum.... make a spacer to fit back into the lip if you have to and go from there...or cut it off with a jig saw and clean it up with a grinder
  6. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower

    I cut them off with a sawzall. It worked great and came out very clean. Used a new blade for each drum. The flat lids fit perfectly.
  7. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now get to building.[​IMG]

    And take pictures. We like to see pictures.[​IMG]


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